Classroom instruction is a very important
component of a school sun safety program.
A single intervention, such as a one-time school
assembly, can be impressive but for maximum
effectiveness children should receive
age-appropriate sun safety instruction at every
grade level. Fortunately, excellent
educational materials already exist which have
been designed for use by classroom teachers in
existing school programs.
Young children will benefit from learning how
the sun’s invisible UV rays can damage the skin.
They can be taught the basic skills for personal
sun safety, and can be motivated to protect
Teenage students will learn about skin cancer,
what causes it, and how it can be prevented.
The glamour of sun tanning can be debunked by
demonstrating the very ugly effects of chronic
School policy reinforcement
Classroom sun safety education can include a
review of the school’s sun safety policies and
recommendations. Discussion might center
on whether the students could do a better job of
Fortunately, excellent instructional materials
already exist, designed specifically for use by
classroom teachers. Check our [link:
Resources - Curriculum page] for a list and
description of available products.
Ideas For Secondary School
Projects Involving Sun Safety
the best ways to learn a subject is to teach it.
Here are a few ideas for projects that could be
undertaken by secondary school students with the
objective of teaching or promoting sun safety to
PowerPoint®: Design a
supervised project for a few students interested
in a health career. Ask them to develop a
talk on sun safety which they will present to
their classmates or to an assembly of all the
incoming freshmen students. (Mixed in with the
scientific information, a couple of images of
skin cancer projected on the big screen really
gets their attention!) A supplemental
handout should be created which highlights the
important points. One of the most important
goals should be for the presenters to convince
their audience that sun tanning is really
stupid. Reference material for the
students to use can be found on the Project
S.A.F.E.T.Y. CD, or among the references on this
Video: Have a few
students design and tape an educational video,
documentary, or mock news program on the subject
of sun safety. The video can be entered in
an awards contest.
Webpage: One or more
students could create a mock (or real) internet
Journalism: Develop a sun
safety story. It might be based on a local
case involving skin cancer.
Health: Design and
conduct a study of teen attitudes or behavior
concerning sun safety before and after some
intervention, such as one of the above
activities or the study of sun safety in class.
Create the original work for posters that will
For any of the above projects, a student
should contact a local dermatologist to request
his/her involvement in reviewing their material
for accuracy prior to presentation. If the
students are making a video, they might wish to
include a taped interview with the
dermatologist. In case your dermatologist
is not already familiar with Sun Safety For
Kids, refer them to this website and perhaps the
students could convince the dermatologist to
speak with your school district administrators
to encourage sun safety program development at
all the schools in the district. There's yet
If you have another project suggestion,
please contact us
so we may add it to this page.